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Agriculture Holds Key To Rural Development – Stakeholders

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 12:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Seyi Taiwo-Oguntuase,  Lagos


Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have described agriculture as critical to driving employment and economic development, especially in developing countries.

This submission was made by various speakers at a ceremony held to distribute agricultural support materials to smallholder farmers and to officially flag off the Cassava Enterprise Value-chain Development Project in Ijebu-Igbo North and Ijebu-Igbo North-East of Ogun State in Oke-Shopen, Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State on Wednesday.

The event, which was organised by the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) in collaboration with the Ogun State Agricultural Development Project (OGADEP), is yet another component of BATNF’s integrated programme of empowering rural farmers for sustainable development.

General Manager, BATNF, Ms Abimbola Okoya, explained that BATNF’s support is aimed to strengthen the capacity of the community- based farmers, cooperatives and Agro-enterprise associations to participate in innovative economic activities, adopt renewable and energy-efficient technology and implement practices that are climate adaptive and protective of soil health.

She expressed confidence that the inputs given to the farmers to cultivate one hectare of cassava farm per farmer and the trainings on best agronomic practices provided by OGADEP would yield increase in production and income for farmers, which will ultimately boost job creation for youths and women along the value chain.

Earlier in a welcome address, Project Manager, BATNF, Mr. Olusegun Adewole, said BATNF has had a long and fruitful relationship with Ogun State.